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Queensland referendum result attacked as a victory for ‘elite voices’

Joshua Robertson reports in The Guardian Australia (20.3.16) on the likely successful outcome of the referendum in Queensland to extend terms of parliament to four years.

‘Queensland appears set to adopt longer terms of parliament after a referendum that one constitutional law expert branded a victory “by elite voices in a woeful process”.

‘A clear majority has emerged in favour after voters on Saturday were asked if the state parliament should move to fixed four-year terms instead of the current non-fixed three-year model.

‘The “yes” vote had a clear lead of 53.1% to 46.8%, with 48% already counted, according to the Queensland electoral commission on Sunday afternoon.

‘It is on track to be the first referendum to succeed in Queensland in more than a century, belying a Galaxy poll that last week predicted it would struggle with voters.’

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